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Despite hailing from a comfortable family background, budding poet Gordon Comstock decides to declare war on money and all the middle-class trappings that wealth can buy. Working in a small bookshop and living in a bedsit in London, he dreams of completing an ambitious poem in rhyme royal and devote his entire life to literature. But when poverty begins to damage his own self-esteem and taint his worldview, and his romantic and professional lives start falling apart, will Gordon be able to uphold his anti-money principles or will he succumb to the lure of lucre and everything he used to stand against? First published in 1936, Keep the Aspidistra Flying was the author's third novel, and arguably his most outspoken work of social criticism. Partly autobiographical, it sits alongside Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four as a reminder of Orwell's lucid narrative style and his abilities as a politically and socially engaged writer.
For years d'Artagnan shared his adventures with his three comrades-Athos, Porthos, and Aramis-but now, in Between Two Kings, the First Musketeer returns to the forefront. This is truly d'Artagnan's novel, bringing to a dramatic climax the story that began when he first arrived in Paris thirty years earlier in The Three Musketeers. This brand-new translation of Between Two Kings immediately picks up the story and themes of Blood Royal, where d'Artagnan tries to thwart destiny by saving England's Charles I; now, he will be instrumental in the restoration of his son, Charles II, the first of the two kings of the title. Disappointed in the irresolution of young Louis XIV, d'Artagnan takes a leave of absence from the King's Musketeers and ventures to England with a bold plan to hoist Charles II onto his throne, a swashbuckling escapade in which he is unwittingly assisted by his old comrade Athos. D'Artagnan returns triumphant to France, where he is recalled to service by the second king, Louis XIV, who is now finally ready to take full advantage of the extraordinary talents of his officer of musketeers. This newly translated volume by Lawrence Ellsworth is the first volume of Alexandre Dumas's mega-novel Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, the epic finale to the Musketeers Cycle, which will end with the justly-famous The Man in the Iron Mask. This marks the first significant new English translation of this series of novels in over a century.
Originally published between 1910 and 1917, and collected in book form in 1923, The Epic of Damarudhar story cycle occupies an important and unique position in the history of Bengali literature. Tackling cosmology and mythology, class and caste abuse, nativist demagoguery and the harsh reality of rural poverty, all by means of unrelentingly fierce black comedy, Trailokyanath Mukhopadhyay's cycle of seven stories featuring the raconteur Damarudhar remains prescient social commentary to this day. With its generic fusion of tall tales, science, myth, politics, and the absurd, the work also announces the emergence of the genre of modern fantasy in Bengal. A detailed introduction, bibliography, and extensive annotation bring to life the context for these stories, highlighting key intertexts, political nuances, and important mythological references. This volume also contains the first translation of a rare biographical piece on the author, which includes long autobiographical parts written by Trailokyanath himself. Carefully translated and thoroughly researched, this volume will introduce a trenchant Indian voice to the English-language readership.
Big Finish presents a full-cast adaptation of the classic fantasy adventure The Box of Delights by John Masefield. When Kay Harker meets an old Punch and Judy man on his way home for Christmas, he little realizes that he is about to be plunged into adventure. The old man entrusts Kay with a magical box that transports him through time and space, where he battles against terrifying forces. THIS RELEASE WILL HAVE A LIMITED CD PRESSING OF 1000 COPIES Cast: Derek Jacobi (Cole Hawlings), Mack Keith-Roach (Kay Harker), David Warner (Arnold of Todi), Mark Gatiss (Abner Brown), Louise Jameson (Sylvia Daisy Pouncer), Nicholas Pegg (Foxy-Faced Charles), Damian Lynch (Chubby Joe), Lizzie Waterworth-Santo (Peter Jones), Clare Corbett (Maria Jones), Deeivya Meir (Susan Jones), Lisa Bowerman (Caroline Louisa), Mina Anwar (Ellen), Tim Bentinck (Inspector), Sam Stafford (Constable), George Naylor (Conductor), Tony Millan (Bishop), Dan Starkey (Dean), Barnaby Edwards (Winter), Homer Todiwala (Rat), Annette Badland (The White Lady), Raj Ghatak (Herne the Hunter). Other parts played by members of the cast.
On a crisp September morning, trouble comes to the Gorbatovs' farm. Having fled the ruins of the Russian Revolution, they have endured crushing labour to set up a small farm in Provence. For young Ilya Stepanovich, this is to be the future of Russian life in France; for some of his Paris-dwelling countrymen, it is a betrayal of roots, culture and the path back to the motherland. Now, with the arrival of a letter from the capital and a figure from the family's past, their fragile stability is threatened by a plot to lure Ilya's step-brother Vasya back to Russia. In prose of masterful poise and restraint, Nina Berberova dramatises the passionate internal struggles of a generation of Russian emigres.
A stunning new edition with deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The extensive selection contains the most popular tales, accompanied by a Glossary of Victorian and Literary terms produced for the modern reader. The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen are renowned the world over, having inspired generations of children's writers ever since their first translation into English. This classic collection includes some of his most famous stories, such as 'The Ugly Duckling', 'The Little Mermaid', 'The Emperor's New Suit', and 'The Red Shoes'. Characteristic and captivating, Andersen's tales offer up a world of enchantment, ingenuity and complex morality, and are a real treat for children and adults alike. The FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library.